National Wildlife Refuges in Florida

A panther at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge
A panther at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge

Florida offers quite a mix of National Wildlife Refuges, covering everything from beachfront/islands to dryland, deep woods to swamp hammocks and Everglades habitat. Most of the wildlife refuges were established to protect species of mammals and birds who have been hunted almost to extinction over the years. Some areas were established to protect threatened plant species. Because of the number of native Florida species that are on the Endangered Species List, some areas of various of the National Wildlife Refuges in Florida are off-limits to the general public

Leatherback turtle at Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
A nesting Leatherback turtle

An aerial view at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
An aerial view of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the locations of Florida's National Wildlife Refuges
For more information about Florida's National Wildlife Refuges use the list below: